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Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs

LadyJean 25 Jun 10 - 12:30 AM
Padre 25 Jun 10 - 01:09 AM
Jack Campin 25 Jun 10 - 06:42 AM
Susan of DT 25 Jun 10 - 07:12 AM
Jack Campin 25 Jun 10 - 11:11 AM
Charley Noble 25 Jun 10 - 11:15 AM
open mike 25 Jun 10 - 04:53 PM
Melissa 25 Jun 10 - 05:28 PM
LadyJean 25 Jun 10 - 11:46 PM
Dave Hunt 26 Jun 10 - 04:43 AM
oldhippie 26 Jun 10 - 08:17 AM
Kent Davis 26 Jun 10 - 10:27 AM
Tug the Cox 26 Jun 10 - 12:05 PM
Tug the Cox 26 Jun 10 - 12:10 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs?
From: LadyJean
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 12:30 AM

I hadn't thought of this in years. Then I read through the tattoo thread. This is a song my sister learned at camp one summer, it just barely has a tune. But it's cute.

I've got a daisy on my toe
It isn't real, it's just for show.
It's just a tattoo of a flower,
So I'll look nice, while taking a shower.
It's on the second toe of my left foot.
It's just a stem and flower. It has no root.
Becauuuse, That wouldn't look good.
I've got a daisy on my toe.
My right foot loves my left foot so.

Anyone else know any tattoo songs?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs
From: Padre
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 01:09 AM

'Lydia the Tatooed Lady'

and...

We came to town to see that old tatooed lady
She was a sight to see, tatooed from head to knee
My uncle Ned was there; he came to gape and stare
"I've never" he declared, "seen such a freak so fair."

And on her jaw was the Royal Flying Corps
And on her back was a Union Jack, now could you ask for more?
All up and down her spine marched Queen's Own Guards in line
And all ariound her hips sailed a fleet of battleships.
And over her left kidney was a birds-eye view of Sydney
But what we liked best was upon her chest..
My little home in Waikiki

Padre


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs
From: Jack Campin
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 06:42 AM

"El Tatuaje", a tango song from the 1920s.

http://www.todotango.com/english/las_obras/partitura.aspx?id=78


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs
From: Susan of DT
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 07:12 AM

Galway Bay


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs
From: Jack Campin
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 11:11 AM

sorta-rap on Maori tattooing


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs
From: Charley Noble
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 11:15 AM

Lady Jean-

"Then I read through the tattoo thread..."

You might post a link to this older thread or this one will be filled with redundant references to Lydia and company.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs
From: open mike
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 04:53 PM

Tom Russell's "Blue Wing" is the best tattoo song!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG1QokdY4NA&feature=related

this is an older clip, but the lyrics are most clear..

"He had a blue wing tattooed on his shoulder,
or it might have been a blue bird, I don;t know...."

here is a more recent version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Trjo_7Orpek&feature=related

"It's dark in here, can'tsee the sky, but i look at this blue
wing and i close my eyes, and i sail away, beyond these walls...."

a.k. a. "Poor Man's Dream"

check out my (magic marker) tattoo i got to attend a Tom Russell show.
http://www.myspace.com/laurelwoodsorrel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs
From: Melissa
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 05:28 PM

Once I married a tattooed lady
it was on one cold and ____ day
and tattooed all around her body
was a map of the good old U S A

and every night before I'd go to sleep
I'd pull down the quilt and take a peek


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs
From: LadyJean
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 11:46 PM

I figured somebody had the words to Lydia the Tattoed Lady. I just wondered if there were any others, like the camp song I posted. Apparently there are.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs
From: Dave Hunt
Date: 26 Jun 10 - 04:43 AM

Verse from 'Rawtenstall Annual Fair'

Roll up, roll up, see the tattoed lady,
See the lovely lady with the pictures on her skin."
In went the lads and they began to cheer,
For tattooed on her back were all the towns o' Lancashire.
There were Odsall Bottom, Manchester City,
The town hall standin' in the square.
There were Oldham, Bolton, Ashton-under-Lyne,
'Coal pit up at Burnley were lookin' mighty fine,
Till someone shouted "Daddy, don't go down the mine",
At the Rawtenstall Annual Fair.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs
From: oldhippie
Date: 26 Jun 10 - 08:17 AM

Dave Alvin recorded a song "New Tattoo" on his Romeo's Escape CD.

chorus something like:

New tattoo, new tattoo
Don't you worry bout what your ma and pa gonna do
Everyone wants a woman like you
Especially now with that new tattoo
I guess you're not the woman I thought I knew
Take off your dress and show your new tattoo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs
From: Kent Davis
Date: 26 Jun 10 - 10:27 AM

Billy Edd Wheeler's "Coal Tattoo" is already in the DT: @displaysong.cfm?SongID=1231

In this case, however, the "tattoo" was not created on purpose:

"Somebody said 'That's a strange tattoo
You have on the side of your head.'
I said 'That's a blue print, left by the coal
Just a little more and I'd be dead'"

Kathy Mattea does fine job with it on her CD "Coal": http://www.mattea.com/KathyMatteaHome2008.html

Incidentally, Kathy Mattea sings (and apparently Hazel Dickens and Judy Collins sing) "...blue MARK, left by the coal...", rather than "...blue print...". The Kingston Trio used the word "print".

Kent


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 26 Jun 10 - 12:05 PM

There's a spoof of Jimmy Dean's 'Let the rest of the world go by, about a lady with a world map tatooed on her body.

It finishes
I was looking for Hong Kong,
When her husband came along
I let the rest of the world go by.

Anyone know it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 26 Jun 10 - 12:10 PM

In Anstey, in Leicestershire, in the Hare and hounds, an old matelot called Skelly used to sing a version of 'My Home in Tennessee' which he had as the last line.

The Tattooed Lady

John Howson has this as a World War Two parody of 'My Home in Tennessee' and remarks that the original song was written by William Jerome and Walter Donaldson in 1915,. David Hill adds: "There always seemed to me to be a line or two missing from this song, after the 'Rising Sun' line - it doesn't quite seem to balance, somehow, but that is exactly what Ruby sang. Internal evidence suggests (to me, at any rate) that this parody may be military in origin, considering the setting (exotic dancer/foreign travel/naval (navel?) imagery etc. My old dad told me that the tune was 'My Home in Tennessee' after he heard me singing it in the bath one day, but I cannot trace a song by that title. I think he recalled a similar song from his RAF days."

'Twas down in gay Paree
I paid five francs to see
A great big French lady
Tattooed from head to knee
And on her jaaaaaaaaw
There was a great big man of war
And on her back was a Union Jack
So I paid five franc more

And on her threepenny bits
There was a row of battleships
And on her hot cross bun
There was a view of the rising sun
And to the left side of her kidney
Was a bird's eye view of Sydney
And round the corner,
The jolly 'orner,
I can't tell you what I saw!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs
From: Tannywheeler
Date: 28 Jun 10 - 09:59 AM

Speaking of Jimmy Dean: Many yrs ago he co-hosted with Mike Douglas on MD's talk show & he sang with great relish a fragment of a song. The lines went: "She keeps me warm in the winter,
                  Shady in the summertime,
                  And that's what I like about
                  That fat gal of mine!!"
He loved singing & did it most of his life, but put a real roof over his head with the sausage business. Tw


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tattoo Songs
From: DonMeixner
Date: 28 Jun 10 - 11:55 AM

Theres a place in my heart
for the one I love best.
And I still keep her picture
tattooed on my chest.

D


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